Dance the night away at Community Garba festival in Brampton

Published September 22, 2023 at 3:25 pm

Photo: City of Brampton

Get ready for an evening of Indian music, performances and food as the Brampton Community Garba returns after several years on hiatus.

The second-annual Community Garba runs this Saturday (Sept. 22) with a free festival in Brampton’s Gage Park, giving Bramptonians a chance to show off their dance moves.

Garba is a traditional dance that originated in India’s Gujarat region known for its lively and joyful style of dance, colourful clothing and energetic music as part of the nine-day Navratri festival, which is recognized by Hindu and Gujarati communities around the world.

Guests are invited to come dressed in their finest Garba attire to make the most out of the immersive experience and whether you’re an experienced dancer or new to Garba, the city says everyone is invited to enjoy the cultural celebration and take in the vibrant traditions of India.

“We are excited to bring back this wonderful event that showcases the culture of some of our incredible residents,” said Mayor Patrick Brown in a release. “I encourage everyone to get dressed in their best Garba attire and come out and experience what Garba is all about.”

The night will include opening ceremonies by eve emcee Saloni, a speech from Mayor Brown, dancing and music by the Nishad Shah Band.

The festival got its start in Brampton back in 2019 and this year’s event marks the first Community Garba since the the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second-annual Brampton Community Garba runs on Sept. 22 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Gage Park. To learn more about the event visit www.brampton.ca.

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